When should I be engaging the 4WD on my Ford Explorer?

09.01.1995

With winter driving conditions upon us I need to have a difference of opinion settled I have a four wheel drive Ford Explorer The four wheel drive should be a plus in hazardous driving conditions such as ice However whenever...

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What's the shelf life for an unopened can of motor oil?

09.01.1995

Can you tell me anything about the shelf life of unused motor oil By circumstance I have inherited unopened quarts and I can't help but wonder if the additives contained therein may have broken down over time in the can...

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Get that front-end shimmy looked at by a mechanic...pronto.

09.01.1995

I have a ' Capri At about mph on a left turn the front end shimmies It doesn't shimmy at any other time It seems that the right front dips down when it happens and the right front shock seems...

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Debbie confirms what Tom & Ray have always suspected: car alarms are useless.

09.01.1995

I cry as I write My baby my Mazda Miata miles was stolen ten days ago I had an alarm At AM a neighbor heard an alarm go off then it was disarmed Then five to ten minutes later it...

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Dr. Ruth weighs in on how to keep your husband from being too obsessed with his "hard body".

09.01.1995

My husband has a Nissan Hard body truck I don't know what a hard body is but he likes talking about it The truck has been great with only one problem--the red paint oxidizes terribly Therefore my husband spends hours...

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My Volvo starts to smell after ten minutes of driving. Help!

09.01.1995

I have an Volvo DL and every time I drive it for more than minutes I get this acrid smell that makes me think the insulation is being burned off a wire What would be your guess as to the...

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A reader suggests a way to escape a vehicle if its electric windows fail in an emergency.

09.01.1995

Some time ago you guys published a letter about a little old lady who was fearful that her car's electric windows wouldn't work if the car plunged into a river In your inimitable way you made her look like an...

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Could a cigarette lighter be used to plug in small appliances?

09.01.1995

I have a Ford LTD I would at times like to use items like a vacuum cleaner small refrigerator emergency lights etc I would like to know if using the cigarette lighter to plug these things in would harm my...

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Why doesn't every car come with overdrive?

09.01.1995

A transmission with overdrive increases gas mileage and reduces engine wear right So how come every car doesn't come with overdrive Ken TOM Almost all cars do Ken Except for a few remaining cheapo cars with three speed automatic transmissions...

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When do I get the most accurate reading on my dipstick?

09.01.1995

When do I get the most accurate reading on a dipstick when checking my oil I've heard two suggestions when the car has been warmed up and the oil is hot and when the car is cold and has been...

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Can I get away with just buying more oil to avoid a hefty repair bill?

09.01.1995

We recently decided to reduce our expenses and increase our fitness levels by becoming a one-car family Unfortunately it now appears that we will increase both our expenses and our fitness The remaining car is a Hyundai Sonata which burns...

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Where can I find a wiring kit for a 1924 Studebaker?

09.01.1995

I have a question that nobody has been able to answer I own a restored Studebaker and recently had a small fire under the dash with the wiring I would like to rewire the ignition and whatever else is necessary...

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No, your car should NOT start in Drive.

09.01.1995

I have a Toyota Corolla that starts in Park Neutral AND Drive It was my understanding that cars are only supposed to star in Park or Neutral not Drive Is this something I should worry about Or is it just...

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Why is there no manual override for electric windows?

09.01.1995

Can you please tell me why cars with electric windows don't have a bypass control to open a window when the ignition is turned off If my husband stops for gas and happens to remove the key I have to...

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Was this burned out clutch caused by its foreign moniker or by towing a boat?

09.01.1995

It was very reassuring to learn from your booklet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It that I'm doing a lot of the right things to keep my car in good condition I hope you...

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